I have had 25 and I kid you not, 25 different cases of shingles over the last three years. I always hurt for 24-48 hours and then I break out. I have never not broke out. Now my mom hurt for weeks under her left armpit and her left chest. After many tests and different meds, they finally decided that she had shingles. Once she was given the proper treatment, she feels so much better. If it had not been for her case I would not have believed it. I should add that this happened about five years ago, before my Lupus came out of remission. Now, I would just about believe anything. The human body never ceases to amaze me. I hope you a quick recovery.